Planetary Geoscience

 

Planetary Geoscience Major

The Department of Geosciences together with the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory at the U of A have launched a major in Planetary Geoscience starting Fall 2023.

Major Program Requirements

  • Foundation:
    • MATH 122B or 125, 129, and one of 223/254/263;
    • CHEM 151
    • PHYS 141, 142
  • Stepping stones:
    • GEOS 251 and PTYS 270
    • one of GEOS 280/285
  • Geoscience core:
    • choose four of GEOS 300, 302, 304, 306, 356, 322
  • Tutorial: PTYS 395
  • Upper level planetary science:
    • PTYS 403, 407, 411
  • Advanced emphasis:
    • 9 units of 400-level PTYS or GEOS courses
  • Capstone research or field experience: 6 units

Career Opportunities

A Planetary geoscience degree opens up a wide array of potential career paths including:

  • Planetary scientist at a NASA center or other research institute
  • Academic careers in colleges and universities
  • Careers in the rapidly growing private space sector
  • Science policy
  • Science education and journalism
  • Traditional geoscience career paths in industry and academia
  • Any career relying on quantitative skills and problem solving

 

Resources

Learn more about our faculty:

 

For more information see: https://www.lpl.arizona.edu/undergraduate/planetary-geos

Or contact: 
Uphaar Dooling (Geoscience Undergraduate Advisor) - udooling@arizona.edu
Jeff Andrews-Hanna (Associate Professor - Lunar and Planetary Laboratory) - jcahanna@arizona.edu